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Perham Living residents receive active mind bags

The senior active mind bags help address social isolation in the pandemic.

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By partnering with the local Meals on Wheels program and United Way, 19 residents at Perham Living received senior active mind bags on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The bags included games, a treat, information on services and cards for seniors to send on a smile to another person. (Submitted photo)

United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena counties delivered 19 senior active mind bags to Perham Living on March 30. Perham Living also partnered with the local Meals on Wheels program.

During the pandemic seniors have been the most vulnerable to the virus, so we asked them to stay home, don’t go out unless needed. But that has been taking a toll on the mental health of seniors, who have been the most isolated, as a United Way news release shared.

The senior active mind bags have fun games like dominos, playing cards, word searches and crossword puzzles. United Way wanted to make sure seniors could also reach out to those loved ones and added blank cards for them to send a smile to a friend.

The bags also included information on staying healthy physically and mentally along with other services available to them. And no bag would be complete without a sweet and savory treat.

United Way thanks the partners of Meals on Wheels, Tri-County Health Care Foundation, Thrivent, KLN Family Brands and Shearer's for making these senior active mind bags possible.

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United Way’s mission is to improve lives in Otter Tail and Wadena counties by mobilizing the caring powers in our communities.

For more information regarding the United Way, visit their website at www.uwotc.com or call their office at 218-736-5147.

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